Store owners gear up for Small Business Saturday

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Governor Sam Brownback has declared today Small Business Saturday in Kansas.

Brownback says it’s a day to celebrate small business and help support small communities.

Michael Scanga, owner of Bike Exchange, in the Delano district is excited.

He’s got more than a thousand bikes in his store, and he’s ready to make some sales.

“We hope to do double what we normally do and we have extra staff on hand so there will be no waiting,” says Scanga.

On Saturday, he’s hoping to cash in on customers out shopping not at the big box stores but, locally, at a shop like his.

“We appreciate your business very, very much,” said Scanga.

Michael says when people shop on small business Saturday the money spent will stay in our community.

“It is all I do,” said Richard Meands.

Richands Meands at Devon Luggage feels the same way. For the last 50 years, he’s built great relationships with his customers.

“I know probably as much about it as anyone in town,” says Meands.

As a business owner, he depends on those repeat customers to help his bottom line. Meands says you won’t find all the chaos of a mall in his store, instead, a trusted local shop that caters to its customers. Something he believes is what small business Saturday is all about.

“You go out there and get those great big deals at 5 a.m. In the morning, we are not going to be open, but we will be here to help you when you need the help,” said Meands.